LSU School of Veterinary Medicine hosted disaster response boot camp

For Immediate Release: May 8, 2017


BATON ROUGE—The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine (LSU SVM) Disaster Response and Training Program hosted a Louisiana Animal Responder Boot Camp at the Methodist Children’s Home Outdoor Wilderness Learning Center and Louisiana Tech University’s Tech Farm in North Central Louisiana from May 1-5, 2017. The operational level instruction included one day of small animal sheltering and animal evacuation, two days of Animal Search and Rescue (ASAR) training, including large and small animal slack water response for technical rescue situations, hands-on large animal restraint and handling, and large animal technical emergency rescue. The disaster course participants worked with both live and mannequin small and large animals. The 36 class participants were made up of LSU SVM veterinary students (taking the course as part of their professional degree requirements), fire fighters, law enforcement officers, animal control officers, animal responders from several non-government organizations, veterinarians and veterinary technicians. The five-day course provided up to 42 hours of continuing education.


The American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation and American Humane anchored the sponsorship with the LSUgroup SVM, the LSU Stephenson Disaster Management Institute, Raising Cane’s and industry partners; Zoetis, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Dechra provided additional support. Course instruction was provided by LSU SVM and LSU AgCenter faculty members, American Humane, ASAR, CRM Farrier Services and the Louisiana State Animal Response Team. Thirty-five course participants received respective certifications over the five-day course and will be added to the credentialed list of volunteers for Louisiana and regional community disaster response teams. The LSU SVM Disaster Response and Training Program has provided training and disaster response expertise for individual animal incidents such as trailer accidents up to Hurricane Katrina-size responses and continues to support the state and region in animal disaster expertise building community resilience with disaster risk reduction with the philosophy that saving animal lives saves human lives.


The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 30 veterinary schools in the U.S. and the only one in Louisiana. The LSU SVM is dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals through education, research and service. We teach. We heal. We discover. We protect.pumpkin


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